- Series: Zenith Military Classics
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (October 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760320594
- ISBN-13: 978-0760320594
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century (Zenith Military Classics) First Edition
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About the Author
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a career Marine, Thomas Hammes has spent most of his twenty-eight years serving in infantry and intelligence assignments. Colonel Hammes is considered by many in the defense community as the foremost expert in insurgent warfare. He has written numerous articles on defense issues and has appeared on PBS News Hour and other cable and network broadcasts. He is a senior military fellow at the National Defense University. He lives with his family in northern Virginia.
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We need to look at the culture of warfare, the culture of military personnel and take a radical approach at correcting it before we become insignificant.
You can't hit what you can't see, brings new meaning to modern warfare. More of us with the capability to change the military need to read this and take some of the change on board, at least personally, and professionally.
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futile effort.Read more